Teledyne FLIR Launches Fire Detection Cameras

The newly re-branded sensing solutions company releases a pair of cameras aimed at industrial fire detection and monitoring.

By Joel Davies -

The new cameras from Teledyne FLIR, the FLIR A500f and A700f Advanced Smart Sensor ruggedized thermal cameras feature high-temperature detection for extreme environments paired with on-camera analytics and alarm capabilities.

The cameras lend themselves to industrial early fire detection or outdoor condition monitoring applications. Along with enhanced spot, area, line, polygon, and polyline analytic functions that improve the definition of areas of interest and object curvatures, Teledyne FLIR says the A500f/A700f can help commercial and industrial organizations protect assets, improve safety, maximize uptime, and minimize maintenance costs.

If smoke is present, the cameras can help provide increased awareness for decision-makers to properly assess and address incidents. Both cameras feature Flexible Scene Enhancement (FSX) technology, found on Teledyne FLIR K-Series handheld firefighting devices. The result is an “ultra-sharp, finer-textured” image that shows subtler edge details supplied by the embedded visible camera onto the thermal image, enabling operators to recognize objects and people more easily.

The company states that manufacturing facilities, chemical processing locations, or power substations that use common communications and control language can benefit from the A500f and A700f beyond fire detection. The idea is to reduce maintenance costs via identifying heat anomalies from mechanical problems early and extending the life of components.

The FLIR A500f and A700f cameras feature a protective IP67-rated housing designed to withstand temperatures between -30° to 50°C (-22° to 112° F) and harsh environments. In addition, the cameras use a single power-over-Ethernet (PoE) cable for both power and communication, helping to further minimize points of potential failure.
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A representation of the FLIR A500f and A700f's fire detection and monitoring capabilities. Image: Teledyne FLIR.

The A500f/A700f offers thermal imaging capability with a resolution of 464 x 348 (161,472) for the A500f and 640 x 480 (307,200) thermal pixel resolution for the A700f. Users can expect a ±2° C (±‐3.6° F) temperature measurement accuracy.

The A500f has a temperature detection range between -20° to 1500°C (-4° to 2732° F), whilst the A700f offers a temperature range of between 20° to 2000°C (68° to 3632°F) for detecting chemical fires and other extreme industrial fire conditions. Along with thermal lens options ranging from 14° to 42° and an embedded HD visible camera, these devices fulfil the needs of most outdoor condition monitoring and fire detection applications.

Both cameras are ONVIF compliant and integrate into standard security VMS and NVR solutions including control of pan/tilts. For VMS integrations, thermal and visible streams can be viewed independently or simultaneously. The cameras can be added, set up, and operated in HMI (Human Machine Interface) and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems. Both the A500f and A700f fully support IIoT protocols such as MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) and RESTful API with a system unique token key for extra security.

Teledyne FLIR, a Teledyne Technologies company, is a major provider of intelligent sensing solutions for defence and industrial applications. Founded in 1978, the company has approximately 4,000 employees worldwide creating advanced technologies.

For more information about the FLIR A500f, the A700f and Teledyne FLIR, visit its website. The FLIR A500f and the A700f are available now through Teledyne FLIR distributors.

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